UCR SOM Commencement & Hippocratic Oath 2020

The UC Riverside School of Medicine Commencement and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony will be held online on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 6 p.m. The room will open at 5:30 p.m.

Every student who had indicated their intent to participate should have received an email with a custom URL that will allow them to attend the ceremony. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE EMAIL WITH THE URL PLEASE EMAIL ROSS.FRENCH@MEDSCH.UCR.EDU

Commencement Zoom Backgrounds

We have created six different themed backgrounds that you may choose to use as virtual backgrounds during our ceremony. To use the backgrounds you will need to download one or more to your computer and then add them as a virtual background in Zoom.

SOM Ed Building Backdrop

UCR sunset Zoom backdrop
Logo and blue curtain

Blue gradient backdrop
Commencement stage party

SOM Reception background

About Commencement

How will I participate?

Students, participating administrators and guest speakers have been sent unique URL that will allow them access to the ceremony. DO NOT SHARE THIS URL WITH ANYONE ELSE.

You will use this URL to access both the rehearsal and ceremony.


How will I be hooded? Who will hood me?

Traditionally, the hooding is done by a member of the faculty. In this case, you will be able to select the friend or family member who you want to hood you in person at your location. We ask that you and the person you choose please review the hooding video and practice prior to the ceremony.

During the ceremony, we will announce your name, then spotlight your camera on the Zoom call so that the audience will be able to see you being hooded.

How will the Hippocratic Oath be administered?

You will be led in the Hippocratic Oath by Senior Associate Dean Brigham Willis. Unfortunately, the limitations of technology make it impossible for everyone's voice to be heard on the Zoom call.

Who are the speakers?

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Talmadge E. King, Jr., vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the UCSF School of Medicine.

Our student speaker, as selected by the class, is Kleshie Baisie.

How long will the ceremony take?

The ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes.

How will my guests be able to watch?

Your guests will be able to watch the stream the ceremony in real time on YouTube. The YouTube stream will appear on our main website on the day of the ceremony.

What equipment do I need to participate in the ceremony?

We recommend that you use a dedicated laptop or desktop computer with a web camera and microphone to participate on Zoom. You may also be able to use an iPad or similar device, but we cannot guarantee that all the functions will be available. We do not recommend using a cell phone to participate in the Zoom meeting.

I don't have computer/webcam/microphone. What should I do?

We understand that some may not have or have access to this equipment. If you cannot borrow this equipment from a friend or family member, please contact Eric Romero in the Office of Student Affairs and we will work to find a solution.

What about photos and videos?

Ordinarily, we would have four separate photographers covering this event. This year, we will be relying on you and your family members to take photos and videos of your participation on the ceremony and to share them with us.

We recommend identifying one or more friends or family members who can take photos and record video throughout the ceremony.

  • Video and photos of your hooding.
  • Video of you reciting the Hippocratic Oath.
  • Candid photos of you and your friends and family celebrating.

Please note that not all of these photos need to be taken on the day itself. You are welcome to take photos in the days before the ceremony as well as afterwards. More information will be forthcoming.

The YouTube broadcast of the ceremony will be available for future viewing. We will also share the Zoom recording of the ceremony with participants.

Will I be able to participate in an in-person ceremony later?

All members of the class of 2020 will have the option of participating in our 2021 ceremonies. More information will be forthcoming.

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About Regalia

How will I receive my regalia and other items?

Oak Hall is sending regalia directly to all graduates who have placed orders. Many students already have this in hand. If you have questions about your regalia, please email

In addition, Student Affairs has shipped boxes, including tams, commencement program book, Hippocratic Oath, and Match Day gift to all students who plan to participate.

A revised, corrected program will be sent out in the near future.

How do I return my regalia?

You will not need to return the regalia. It is yours to keep.